One of my favorite resources for eco-tours and lodging is Sustainable Travel International's online directory, found here. From A (Alaska!) to Z (Zip-lining!), there are plenty of choices for selective globetrotters.
Some other simple suggestions for summer travel:
- Utilize mass transportation when available (In Europe, trains are a great way to get around.)
- Buy local, fair trade products and souvenirs when traveling. Not only will you be scoring beautiful buys, you'll be supporting the local economy.
- Be an alternative traveler. Ask for hybrids at the car rental, use solar-power charges to juice up your devices, and pack additional reusable bags for your return home so you don't rely on plastic or paper.
- Consider volunteering. Voluntoursim devotes one day (or every day) of a vacation to giving back to the local community. One recent example is the launch of The Ritz-Carlton's "Give Back Getaways", featured in USA Today.
Whichever you choose, find a way to immerse yourself in your destination. If you're truly ready for a change of pace, you can even consider a caravan holiday home. In its sun-streaked hills, plenty of